A Croydon school has been rated ‘good’ by government inspectors following a review in November.
Castle Hill Academy, in New Addington, Croydon has been pronounced good in all categories: overall effectiveness, quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and early years provision, following the inspection on November 20 and 21.
Prior to September, in summer 2017 the key stage two results had shown that only 16 per cent of Castle Hill Academy’s Year 6 pupils had achieved the expected grades. Pupils at that time were acknowledged to be performing at levels more than a year behind the national average.
By 2019, however, at key stage two, 55 per cent of Year 6 pupils achieved expected grades in reading, writing and mathematics combined, early years results were the best for seven years and considerable progress had been made in phonics, now close to the national average.
Head teacher Serena Hemmings, said: “The Castle Hill Academy team agrees that our work is challenging yet enjoyable.
“We take great comfort from the Trust’s wider support, especially from chief executive Judette Tapper, immediate members of my senior team, Sonia Isard and Claire Bracher, who are both heads of school, and other senior trust staff such as Margaret Norris, Dr Chun Lok and lead educationalist on the trust board, Terry McKenzie.
“It is true to say that this is the most fulfilling part of my educational journey to date. It has been very rewarding working with the team and pupils of Castle Hill Academy.”